Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

American Drug War: The Last White Hope (C&I / SKY TV)

Managed to catch "American Drug War: The Last White Hope" on SKY. I had just returned from attending the world premier of "Brigadier", the story behind the honouring of his name in James Hargest High School for which I was attending the fiftieth jubilee. Southland's Prohibition of alcohol featured in 'Brigadier', so to did Invercargill Licencing Trust's Community 'post prohibition' investment in sport and cultural facilities, a prime example of 'drug related harm reduction' in action.

The American Drug War is a documentary that deserves to be on mainstream TV. One cannot study modern contemporary politics without seeing understanding policy and drug politics changed human history.

NZ's Drug War has not been documented, though much can be drawn from New Zealand's adoption of the UN Conventions and Protocols. Fortunately, NZ doesn't have a cocaine or heroin problem. The absence of 'drug trafficking spillage into our markets' gave us the cannabis methamphetamine enigma we have now. The tougher policy on meth leads to more cannabis detected fools conservatives into thinking 'problem solved' when in reality the inverse relationship; tougher on cannabis leads to more meth, is the outcome. (cf: Black Hole Economics, Pokalo and Ice, Professor James Roumasset, Economics Chair, Hawaii University)

The American Drug War features three LEAP speakers, Judge James Gray, DEA agent Cele Castillio, Governor Gary Johnson. Also featured is reform colleague and Biology Chair, Dr Bob Melamede (Colorado).

It is a recommended viewing... 5 stars!

Sunday March 23

The War on Drugs has become the longest and most costly war in American history. Inspired by the death of four family members from legal drugs Texas filmmaker Kevin Booth sets out to discover why the Drug War has become such a big failure. Three and a half years in the making, the documentary follows gang members, former DEA agents, CIA officers, narcotics officers, judges, politicians, prisoners and celebrities. The film centers on Freeway Ricky Ross the man many accuse for starting the Crack epidemic, who after being arrested discovered that his cocaine source had been working for the CIA. The documentary shows how money, power and greed have corrupted not just drug pushers and dope fiends, but an entire government.

Blair Anderson

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